Behind the scenes of the Schottenstein Centers transformation from hockey rink to

Whether people are attending a concert or a basketball or ice hockey game at the Schottenstein Center, they often only see the finished product. One Ohio State student recently attended an ice hockey game and found himself curious about the transition process. “I wondered about it during the hockey game,” said Randy Norman, a fourth-year in computer science and information. “I didn’t know if they could hold a basketball and ice hockey game in the same weekend.” In fact, that sort of thing happens often. For one particularly tight conversion, Steve Lind, conversion manager at the Schottenstein Center, said they were able to convert from the basketball court to the ice rink in two hours and 10 minutes. Lind said that result is not typical. Usually it takes closer to three-and-a-half hours to convert from the basketball court to the ice rink, he said. The most difficult conversion is going from the ice rink back to the basketball court, a process that usually takes about four-and-a-half hours, Lind said. “It’s a lot more cosmetic,” he said. Setting up the basketball court involves piecing together 225 individual wooden pieces, along with adding extra rows of seating. The ice rink has less seating to install, but has 182 pieces of glass that make up the rink. In all, the Schottenstein Center holds more than 20,000 people for concerts, 19,500 people for basketball games and 17,500 for ice hockey games. To cover the ice during basketball games and concerts, protective flooring is placed over the ice. The speed with which they accomplish the conversion depends heavily on the size of the crew. Lind said the average conversion crew has 20 to 25 members. The crew that set the record had more than 40 members. Maintaining the ice surface during the season, and throughout multiple conversions, is the responsibility of custodial services manager Ray Williams. It’s a process that isn’t as difficult as it used to be, due in large part to the advancement of the Zamboni. “It’s labor intensive, but the Zamboni does its job,” Williams said. Williams said the Zamboni removes any imperfections the conversion process might cause in the ice. The ice, formed at the beginning of the hockey season in October, takes between 50 and 60 hours of labor to form, he said. Williams described the process in detail. First, the concrete floor beneath the ice is regulated to 10 degrees. Twelve miles of piping are laid under the floor that runs the cooling system. Then, a thin layer of water is sprayed onto the ice. Once it’s frozen, the ice is painted white. The lines follow and the center ice logo is put in place. The logo, which is made of mesh, is placed at center and freezes into the ice. Williams said the process of placing the logo takes only 10 to 15 minutes. When they had to paint the logo, the process took about six hours. Once the logo is in place, the ice is built up until it is between one-and-a-quarter and one-and-a-half inches. In all, 10,000 gallons of water is used to create the surface. The ice is kept at 18 degrees when the protective flooring covers it and 14 degrees when it is uncovered. Williams said the surface temperature of the ice fluctuates because of overhead lighting. The ice is melted in March after OSU’s hockey season. Converting the Schottenstein Center is a large task, but it is not the process that strikes Lind, but rather who is involved in the process. “Ninety-eight percent of the crew is Ohio State students,” Lind said. “I think that’s pretty neat.” read more

Google AI Turns Selfies Into Ethereal Poetry Portraits

first_imgStay on target McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Roses are red, violets are blue, donate a word, and Google’s AI will write a poem for you.From the folks who brought you fine-art doppelgängers and 3D world heritage tours comes POEMPORTRAITS, an online collective artwork that superimposes unique verses on an ethereal self-portrait.Described by creator Es Devlin as “a combination of poetry, design, and machine learning,” the program invites people to generate their own compositions, and contribute to an evolving poem.Visit g.co/poemportraits to “donate” a word of your choice and take a selfie (or skip that step for text only), then watch as the computer ponders life, the universe, and everything to come up with a (sometimes incomprehensible) stanza.Create a personalized poem, with the help of AI (via Google)“Each word you donate will be expanded into original lines of poetry by an algorithm that’s trained on millions of words of 19th century poetry,” according to Devlin.The London-based artist and stage designer teamed with Google Arts & Culture and Ross Goodwin to create the technology behind POEMPORTRAITS.“It works a bit like predictive text,” Devlin said. “It doesn’t copy or rework existing phrases, but uses its training material to build a complex statistical model.“The resulting poems can be surprisingly poignant, and at other times nonsensical,” she admitted. “And it’s the profoundly human way that we seek and find personal resonance in machine-generated text that’s the essence of this project.”Case in point: I offered the word “dystopia,” and got this in return: “That dystopia still compasses the world. The calm of the sun and the sunshine.”It’s quite addictive, really. After each AI-generated poem, I dive back in with another word—”tulip,” “media,” “technology,” “equality,” “ampersand.” I’m not sure if I’m making the collective poem better or worse, but I can’t seem to stop.One of the first in-browser selfie filters that responds to the shape of your face, POEMPORTRAITS may not work on some mobile devices.More on Geek.com:Rare Bonnie and Clyde Poetry, Photos to Hit Auction BlockAI-Powered ‘Private Detector’ Protects Bumble Users From Dick PicsArtificial Intelligence Created an Entirely New Sportlast_img read more

Werner Herzog: ‘The Mandalorian’ Is a ‘Phenomenal Achievement’

first_imgStay on target ‘Star Wars’ Grenade-Shaped Coke Bottles Banned From FlightsDisney Remasters Classic ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Lion King̵… As fans await in giddy anticipation for the November premiere of The Mandalorian, the live-action Disney+ series set in the Star Wars universe, one unexpected star is fueling the excitement. Filmmaker Werner Herzog, who was officially confirmed as one of The Mandalorian‘s villains in March, has praised the series, calling it a “phenomenal achievement.”The director behind Grizzly Man and Aguirre, the Wrath of God told The Associated Press that he’ll likely appear in two or three episodes of Jon Favreau’s series as “a character in whom you cannot trust.” The series, which is, by all indications, the flagship series for Disney+, also stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano and Carl Weathers.Werner Herzog is calling “The Mandalorian” “a phenomenal achievement” after joining the cast of the streaming series set in the “Star Wars” universe. Herzog, who just released the documentary “Meeting Gorbachev,” does have a confession: He’s never seen a “Star Wars” film. pic.twitter.com/9yhzXuI3M4— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) May 4, 2019“I was invited by Jon Favreau, who started this whole series, to act,” Herzog said. “I looked at the screenplays and I had the feeling that although I know very little about Star Wars, I had the feeling, yes, I could do it.”Herzog, 76, confessed to the AP that he has “never seen” a single Star Wars movie.“I’ve seen some trailers. I’ve seen some excerpts here and there. And I know about the whole franchise and about the toys for the kids and so — it’s all a new mythology,” Herzog said. … You better take them seriously.”Gina Carano in ‘The Mandalorian’ (Photo Credit: Melinda Sue Gordon / Lucasfilm)Werzog told the AP he was impressed by the practical, real-world approach of The Mandalorian, which is set in the years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and follows a lone Mandalorian gunfighter beyond the reaches of the Republic.″Mandalorian was filmed not like all the other ‘Star Wars’ or other big event films — green screen, green screen everywhere — and the camera motion-control moving there,” Herzog, who was promoting his new documentary, Meeting Gorbachev, told the AP.Carl Weathers in ‘The Mandalorian’ (Photo Credit: Melinda Sue Gordon / Lucasfilm)“The camera, that could even be hand-held and move in between us, sees the same landscape. It’s not green-screen and artificiality. It brings movie-making back where it should be. It’s a phenomenal, phenomenal achievement,” he said.The Mandalorian is set to premiere on Disney+ on November 12. Written and executive-produced by Favreau, the series will also feature Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) as director of the first episode. Additional episodic directors include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok).More on Geek.com:11 Marvel Characters That Deserve Their Own Streaming ShowsThe Saga Ends in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ TrailerDisney+ Coming to Nintendo Switch, Everything Elselast_img read more

See the 8 ‘Star Wars’ Planets in Our Own Milky Way Galaxy

first_img Star Wars universe planets, including icy Hoth and sandy Tatooine, are sadly not real. However, our Milky Way galaxy has exoplanets that are strikingly similar to their fantasy counterparts, and they offer cool insights into the solar system.In honor of Star Wars Day, NASA recently compared eight real-life exoplanets to mesmerizing planets featured in some Star Wars films in a press release. No signs of life have been detected on any of the roughly 4,000 exoplanets, so it’s uncertain if dewbacks, wookiees, or ewoks reside there. However, may the Fourth be with you and feast your eyes on our Milky Way galaxy’s breathtaking “Star Wars” exoplanets.In a galaxy not-so-far-away, there are 8 planets that will make you think #StarWars could be real! These exoplanets have uncanny characteristics to their movie counterparts and reside in our own cosmic neighborhood. Learn more: https://t.co/WXAETzUbbK #MayThe4thBeWithYou pic.twitter.com/L9FtJMWGVk— NASA Blueshift (@NASAblueshift) May 4, 2019CoruscantThe Coruscant-like world Kepler-452b. (Photo Credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle)Kepler-452b, the exoplanet with Earth-like properties, could be a good comparison to Coruscant, the futuristic hub with a surface fenced in a single, globe-spinning metropolis. Like Coruscant, Kepler-452b might need some climate engineering if inhabited, since this planet, which belongs to a star system that’s 1.5 billion years older than our planet’s, has warmer conditions.BespinOn the planet Bespin, the Cloud City floats in the clouds, which might be present on a cool gas planet. (Photo Credit: ESO/L. Calçada)In Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Bespin, a gas giant, is home to a bustling “Cloud City” that participates in atmospheric mining. NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has detected “hot Jupiters” which are too warm for floating metropolises. However, one of NASA’s internal astronomical teams found a twin of Jupiter, which orbits its star roughly the same distance as Jupiter is from the sun. The star, dubbed HIP 11915, is approximately the same age as our sun.MustafarCoRoT-7b, a scorching planet, bears a striking resemblance to the planet Mustafar. (Photo Credit: ESO/L. Calçada)Can you feel the heat? Mustafar, the planet where Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker battled it out in Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith (2005), looks like Kepler-10b and Kepler-78b, molten, lava-covered rocky planets in Earth’s size range. But, CoRoT-7b, a 3,600 degrees Fahrenheit planet, beats both Kepler-10b and Kepler-78b when it comes to a scorching hot atmosphere. HothOGLE-2005-BLG-390, an ice planet, is nicknamed after Hoth. (Photo Credit: NASA, ESA and G. Bacon-STScI)Planet OGLE-2005-BLG-390, also known as “Hoth,” is a very cold planet that could be a “failed Jupiter,” according to NASA. The planet, which resembles the icy hub of Hoth in Star Wars, is located in the center of the Milky Way and has a surface temperature estimated to be minus 364 degrees Fahrenheit. (Ice, ice baby.) Even the wampas wouldn’t be able to stand the chill.TatooineThe Kepler-16 binary star system creates a “double sunset effect” similar to the one on Tatooine, Luke Skywalker’s home planet. (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle)Tatooine, Luke Skywalker’s home planet, has a desert-like climate and twin suns. Kepler-16b, a planet discovered to be in “circumbinary orbit” (circling two stars), also creates a “double sunset effect” similar to Tatooine. However, the planet is most likely cold, partly composed of rock, and is gaseous.KaminoKepler-22b looks like Kamino’s ocean world landscape. (Photo Credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech)Under the sea? Nope, it’s Kamino, an ocean world that’s inhabited by bug-eyed, long-necked cloners. Kepler-22b is a super-Earth that might be covered in a massive ocean: it’s 2.4 times Earth’s radius and could be gaseous. However, one upside to this situation: Scientists determined that due to the exoplanet’s bizarre tilt, the climate could be spring-like all year long.EndorAstronomers continue to search for the first confirmed exomoons, similar to Endor, a forested moon in ‘Star Wars.’ (Photo Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser/Nick Risinger)Endor, a forested moon in Star Wars, is the homeworld of the ewoks. However, exomoon detection is still in the beginning stages for scientists on our planet. A possible exomoon, also known as a moon circling a distant planet, was reportedly observed in 2014. Sadly, the microlensing event can only be seen once, so it won’t be possible to officially confirm the sight.AlderaanLike Alderaan, very young stars can be surrounded by a disk of dust and gas. (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)Princess Leia’s home planet, Alderaan, is blasted by the Empire’s Death Star in Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope (1977). Similar to this scenario, a white dwarf star was spotted swallowing the last remains of a small planet in 2015, thanks to NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. White dwarfs are super-dense stellar remains, but they have gravity more than 10,000 times our sun’s surface and can destroy anything caught up in their pulls. More on Geek.com:May the Fourth Be With You With These Epic Star Wars Deals Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca in ‘Star Wars,’ Dies at Age 74Cool Gifts for Every ‘Star Wars’ Junkie Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on targetlast_img read more

NASA Fits 265,000 Galaxies Into Single ‘Hubble Legacy Field’ Image

first_img NASA astronomers assembled 16 years’ worth of Hubble Space Telescope observations in one stunning image.The deep-sky mosaic, created from nearly 7,500 individual exposures, provides a comprehensive portrait of the distant universe.Stretching through 13.3 billion years of time—to 500 million years after the Big Bang—the illustration contains 265,000 galaxies, the faintest and farthest of which are just one ten-billionth the brightness of what the human eye can see.To the untrained eye, this speckled image might not look like much.But the Hubble Legacy Field is a truly ambitious endeavor, combining observations from several Hubble deep-field surveys to show how galaxies change over time, building themselves up to become giant star systems.“Now that we have gone wider than in previous surveys, we are harvesting many more distant galaxies in the largest such dataset ever produced by Hubble,” team leader Garth Illingworth, of the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), said in a statement. “This one image contains the full history of the growth of galaxies in the universe, from their time as ‘infants’ to when they grew into fully fledged ‘adults.’”No image will surpass this one until future space telescopes are launched, according to NASA.“Our goal was to assemble all 16 years of exposures into a legacy image,” data processing lead Dan Magee of UCSC explained. “Previously, most of these exposures had not been put together in a consistent way that can be used by any researcher.“Astronomers can select data in the Legacy Field they want and work with it immediately,” he continued. “As opposed to having to perform a huge amount of data reduction before conducting scientific analysis.”After its launch into low Earth orbit in 1990, astronomers debated whether it was worth sending the Hubble Space Telescope on a “fishing expedition” to take a very long exposure of a small, seemingly blank piece of sky.Spoiler alert: It was.The resulting Hubble Deep Field image in 1995 captures several thousand unseen galaxies in one go; in 2002, Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys went even deeper to uncover 10,000 galaxies in a single snapshot.The Hubble Legacy Field is one of the widest views ever taken of the universe with Hubble (via NASA/ESA/University of California, Santa Cruz/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University)Astronomers used exposures taken by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3, installed in 2009, to assemble the eXtreme Deep Field (XDF) snapshot in 2012—the deepest view of the universe.This new image, comprising the collective work of 31 Hubble programs by different teams, is the first in a series of Hubble Legacy Field photographs.It contains about 30 times as many galaxies as in previous deep fields, and uncovers a zoo of unusual objects, many of which are remnants of galactic “train wrecks”—a time in the early universe, NASA explained, when small, young galaxies collided and merged.“Such exquisite high-resolution measurements of the numerous galaxies in this catalog enable a wide swath of extragalactic study,” according to catalog lead researcher Katherine Whitaker, of the University of Connecticut. “Often, these kinds of surveys have yielded unanticipated discoveries which have had the greatest impact in our understanding of galaxy evolution.”The team is working on a second set of images, totaling more than 5,200 exposures in another area of the sky.More on Geek.com:Hubble Spots Stunning Spiral Galaxy 30 Million Light-Years AwayHubble Space Telescope Spots ‘Living Fossil’ Galaxy Outside Milky WayHubble Space Telescope Captures Awesome View of Neighboring Galaxy Stay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor last_img read more

Geek Pick: iPad Air 2019 Covers Your Tablet Bases

first_img Tablets have been around long enough now that along with existing as a middle ground between phones and laptops, there are various subcategories within the product space as well. The line between high-end phones and small tablets is blurrier than ever, and the same goes for high-end tablets and modest laptops. But if you want something firmly in the center, check out the new iPad Air. Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on target This third-generation of Apple’s full-sized but lightweight tablet is the surprising comeback of a brand that had been dormant since 2014. And at $499 it’s neither the cheapest iPad you can get (that’s the plain old iPad) nor the most expensive (that’s an iPad Pro). The new iPad Air is in the middle between them.And that’s reflected in the specs. The iPad Air has the 9.7-inch screen of a 2018 iPad as well as support for the first (but not second) generation of the Apple Pencil smart stylus. However, it also features the much-improved A12 processor (think augmented reality) of other modern iOS devices along with support for Apple’s nifty physical connected keyboard some argue is superior to the current MacBook keyboard. These upgrades turn the tablet and its potential for real work into a modest little sibling to the iPad Pro. In fact, the iPad Air’s headphone jack gives it a leg up on that technically more powerful device.If you are confused by choices and aren’t entirely sure what tablet you think you’re supposed to get, chances are the new iPad Air will cover most of your big-screen iOS (or soon iPadOS) bases. For more on the iPad Air check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. For more on Apple check out the upgraded iPod Touch and why Flappy Fighter should be your next iOS gaming obsession.More on Geek.com: Geek Pick: Apple AirPods 2 Let You Take Your Beats On The GoGeek Pick: Dell XPS 13 Leads Dell’s Computex 2019 LineupGeek Pick: Samsung Galaxy S10+ Is A Powerful, Premier Android Phonelast_img read more

Apple TV Gets Real Video Game Controllers

first_img iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week This really does seem to be the year when Apple has finally realized that it is one of the biggest video games platform holders considering the sheer variety of games (however free-to-play poisoned) on devices like iPhone and iPad. First we got a surprise look at games like Elder Scrolls: Blades and augmented reality Angry Birds that felt as traditional a game demo as we’ve ever gotten from Apple. But this was just a prelude to the announcement of Apple Arcade, Apple’s upcoming premium video game subscription service set to take on rivals like Google Stadia later this year.And at WWDC we learned another small but pretty exciting new detail about Apple’s new gaming initiatives. Real video game controllers are coming to Apple TV.Aside from the sketchy business models, controllers have always been the biggest issue for gaming on Apple products. The native touch screens aren’t suited for more precise hardcore games, and neither was the nifty but simple remote for the original Apple TV. These devices do support third-party controllers with more normal interfaces, but those have always felt like weird niche products that Apple and other developers hold at arm’s length. I don’t see many people plugging their iPhones into Gamevice.However, with Apple TV’s upcoming tvOS 13 players will be able to use the most widely used video game controllers imaginable: the Xbox One controller and DualShock 4 for PlayStation 4. Instead of using some knock-off controller on Apple TV, just use the good controller you already own from your console. These controllers are also both standards that developers are already very familiar with. Games like Flappy Fighter have found brilliant ways to translate deep gameplay to intuitive touch controls, but real controllers will make it much smoother for traditional games to come to Apple TV and Apple Arcade.So add Apple to the list of companies Sony and Microsoft have now decided to play nice with. But Apple has its eyes set on more than just video games. Here’s the latest on Apple’s plans for news, TV shows, and even credit cards. Stay on targetlast_img read more

NASA to Open International Space Station to Tourists From 2020

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Stay on target Get your (space) passports ready: NASA will allow tourists to visit the International Space Station (ISS) from 2020.NASA announced Friday it would open the orbiting station to tourism and commercial ventures, allowing businesses use of the space station facilities, including filming movies and commercials.“NASA is opening the International Space Station to commercial opportunities and marketing these opportunities as we’ve never done before,” NASA chief financial officer Jeff DeWit said in New [email protected]_Station is open for commercial business! Watch @Astro_Christina talk about the steps we’re taking to make our orbiting laboratory accessible to all Americans. pic.twitter.com/xLp2CpMC2x— NASA (@NASA) June 7, 2019“NASA will continue research and testing in low-Earth orbit to inform its lunar exploration plans, while also working with the private sector to test technologies, train astronauts and strengthen the burgeoning space economy,” the agency said in a press release.The space agency said the private astronauts would be permitted to travel to the ISS, which has been continually occupied since November 2000, for up to 30 days. The tourists would travel on a U.S. spacecraft developed under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.Both Boeing and SpaceX are currently developing capsules that can carry humans to the ISS.Today starts a new day in low-Earth orbit as we unlock the @Space_Station’s potential as a platform for companies to engage in commercial profit-making activities and we welcome private astronauts to visit on U.S. vehicles. Get more details: https://t.co/lJnIlxaii7 pic.twitter.com/8sbi1lEzIn— NASA (@NASA) June 7, 2019The commercial entity developing the mission will determine crew composition for each mission and ensure private astronauts meet NASA’s medical standards and the training and certification procedures for International Space Station crew members, according to NASA.There will be up to two short private astronaut missions per year, according to Robyn Gatens, the deputy director of the ISS.NASA will also allow those companies to use resources on the ISS for commercial purposes, even making use of NASA astronauts’ time and expertise (but not their likeness), The Verge noted.Four Expedition 59 astronauts pose inside the Harmony module on the ISS. (Photo Credit: NASA)Companies can start sending astronauts to the ISS as early as 2020 — if they can afford it. It’s expected that a trip will cost around $50 million per astronaut.NASA had previously banned any commercial use of the space station and prohibited astronauts from taking part in for-profit research, BBC News reported.On the other hand, Russia has been more open to placing advertisements on the ISS and has sent tourists to the space station before.Watch: This Space Harpoon Could Be a Solution to the Space Junk ProblemMore on Geek.com:Watch: Astronaut Captures Amazing Time-Lapse Video of Earth From ISSNASA Astrobee Bot Completes First Hardware Check Aboard ISSNASA Scientists Install HD ‘Eyes’ in Mars 2020 Roverlast_img read more

Crab Robot Designed to Search for Ocean Litter Makes First Dive

first_img Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on target Meet the new “garbage collector” of the sea: A new crab robot, designed to sample the waters looking for microplastics polluting the ocean, made its first dive on Saturday, World Oceans Day, in the sea off the Italian coast.The Crab Robot SILVER 2 (Seabed-Interaction Legged Vehicle for Exploration and Research 2), a robot explorer of the seabed created by the Institute of Robotics of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa, supported by National Geographic Society and Arbi Dario Spa, was deployed off the Meloria shoal, in the Ligurian sea.The Crab Robot will adopt an arm that collects bags, bottles and other forms of plastic pollution in the sea. (Photo Credit: Laura Lezza / Getty Images)Soon, the robot will be equipped with an arm that collects plastic bags, bottles, and other forms of plastic pollution.The crab robot has the ability to move, walk, and run on the seabed. The six agile, crab-like legs allow the robot to adapt to the changing seabed soil, bounce on the ground without causing damage, and circumvent obstacles.“This bio-inspired robot can hop and jump in broader areas through a spring-loaded mechanism,” project scientific coordinator Marcello Calisti told Sant’Anna di Pisa magazine.“The spring has a simple structure, energy storage and release, and simple control so the robot can jump through an instantaneous contraction of the spring. The crab-like legs include ankle joints which have good jump performance. Our experiments show that the robot can achieve a smooth jump. Long-exposure images without background blurring demonstrate stability.”The robot is capable of adapting to the changing seabed soil. (Photo Credit: Laura Lezza / Getty Images)Callisti believes the robot can also help provide improved tools for researchers,  due to its use of “legged locomotion to move dexterously on the seafloor, anchor to underwater structures, and gently interact with the environment.”A recent UN report has for called for urgent action to curb the flow of the 8 million tons of plastic pollution going into oceans each year.Many plastic particles are swallowed by farm animals or fish who mistake them for food, and thus can find their way onto our dinner plates, the UN said.They’ve also been found in a majority of the world’s tap water. By clogging sewers and providing breeding grounds for mosquitoes and pests, plastic waste — especially plastic bags — can increase the transmission of vector-borne diseases like malaria.While the issue has received increased attention in recent years, there is still no global agreement to tackle marine litter.Watch: Your Biodegradable Bag Might Not Degrade as Fast as You’d ThinkMore on Geek.com:Humans Consume More Than 70,000 Plastic Particles a YearDead Whale Found With More Than 80 Pounds of Plastic Bags in Its StomachTexas Coast Has More Ocean Trash Than Any Other Gulf State, Study Sayslast_img read more